Tips for Using the Nebraska Child Support Calculator Worksheets

Get Help Figuring Out the NE Child Support Calculator

Using a calculator to determine child support.
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The Office of Child Support Enforcement in Nebraska does not readily provide a child support calculator on their website. However, the Nebraska Supreme Court provides detailed child support guidelines that include two Nebraska child support calculator worksheets. One will help you accurately calculate parental income and the other will help you determine the amount of child support owed.

Tips for the Nebraska Worksheets

Parents who wish to estimate how much child support they will ultimately owe or receive in the state of Nebraska should use the following tips:

  • Gather accurate income data before you use the Nebraska child support calculator worksheets. You can refer to recent tax returns for both parents as well as recent pay stubs.
  • In general, the court will want to see two years' worth of tax returns, as well as pay stubs and other financial information.
  • Parents are obligated to provide accurate information to the court.
  • Overtime payments may be considered as regular income in certain circumstances. This includes situations in which the parent receiving overtime can generally expect to continue to earn overtime as part of their regular employment.
  • Note that "Worksheet 1," which helps you determine income levels, asks for monthly income data, not annual income.
  • The worksheet will guide you through the process of determining what percent of the total combined income each parent contributes. That percentage will then be applied to how much child support each parent is responsible for providing.

Sample Child Support Amounts

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median annual income in Nebraska is $51,672. That's $4,306 per month.

Using that figure as a guideline, let's go through some sample numbers.

  • For one child, the total amount of child support owed would be $943.
  • For two children, the total amount of child support owed would be $1,392.
  • For three children, the total amount of child support owed would be $1,609.

However, because the Nebraska child support calculator worksheets also take into account what percentage of income each parent is contributing, there are additional calculations to factor in.

For example, let's assume that the custodial parent in the above example made 40 percent of the total combined income (or $1,722 per month). That means the non-custodial parent earned 60 percent of the total combined income (or $2,584 per month). In this scenario, the non-custodial parent would owe 60 percent of the total child support amount. In the case of one child, that would be $566 per month. For two children, that total would be $835 per month.

Due to these nuances, parents should be extremely careful when completing "Worksheet 1" of the Nebraska child support calculator worksheets.

The Nebraska Online Calculator

It is also important that you consult your attorney. The state does offer an online calculator for members of the Nebraska State Bar Association.

If you are representing yourself (pro se), the system does offer limited access to the calculator. This may provide more accurate or easier to obtain results than the manual worksheets.

Source:

The State of Nebraska Judicial Branch. Article 2: Child Support Guidelines. 2017.